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Filipe Farinha [LibreList] Re: [redecentralize] To go with my search talk yesterday 2015-10-18 15:07:05 (4 years 4 mons 1 day 21:56:00 ago)
I haven't found your session on youtube, so apologies if I'm adding
redundant info here.

In the late 90s I was playing with the concept of a distributed search
engine, but due to lack of time it just remained a 'future work' idea in
a chapter of my degree's final year project report.
If you have time to waste: http://ktorn.com/prog/iseeker/summary.html

Since then a few implementations of p2p SEs appeared, most notably YaCy:

I did try YaCy a while back and it did work, except it was way too slow
for consumer adoption. That was almost 10 years ago, no idea if it's any
faster now, but I doubt it.

In terms of UX, latency is probably one of the biggest barriers to
adoption with most p2p implementations of anything.

I switched from Altavista to Google back in the early 2000s not because
the results were more relevant, but because it was so much faster.

Filipe Farinha

On 18/10/2015 14:47, Francis Irving wrote:
> "a very large project, requiring the cooperation of at least 5 servers"
> is a great change!
> These days we often have 5 servers (small, virtual, on EC2) almost
> whimsically just on one small project...
> On Sun, 18 Oct 2015, at 06:56 AM, Hugh Barnard wrote:
>> Hi folks
>> This: https://twitter.com/alicemazzy/status/655306196128280576 is what
>> a web search engine hardware configuration looked like in 1996. That's
>> probably around the first couple of years of the web.
>> Best regards Hugh
>> -- 
>> http://www.hughbarnard.org
>> http://www.twitter.com/hughbarnard
>> http://www.big-wave-heuristics.com/<http://www.hackney-environment-network.org.uk/>